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AcademicWorks

9 Ratings
Score 8.9 out of 101

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

1 Ratings
Score 9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

AcademicWorks

[It's] Well suited for scholarship programs of any size. AW works one-on-one with the customer and helps address needs and workarounds to get the information needed.
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Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

This is a great and easy tool to use to search for funding at a nonprofit organization, it is all in one place and results are easy to pick from. It is a good go to source for nonprofits to use when looking for different grants and avenues of funding opportunities.
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Pros

  • Customer Service - Although sometimes frustrating that reps are not immediately available by chat or phone, they usually do respond and resolve within two business days.
  • Implementation - Training and working with IT and primary users to get the most out of the system.
  • Listening - When users have suggestions to improve the program, AW actually listens and has an enhancement request list. If several users ask for the same thing, we are likely to see that addressed in an upcoming enhancement.
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  • Search is easy and allows for looking at key areas.
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Cons

  • Some users may like a bit more customization
  • If it's not currently a thing, an "if, then" algorithm for the general application would be helpful
  • Easier searching in their client resource portal
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  • As this platform grows, more data will be available and I'm looking forward to even further narrowed search results.
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Alternatives Considered

At the time that we made the switch, NextGen was not able to offer the option that committee reviewers could rank a student and that their ranking could carry over into multiple scholarships. We already had over 70 committee reviewers and the process to review some of the more general scholarship applicants was taking more than 10 hours. The AcademicWorks System allows each applicant to be ranked by a number of committee reviewers (you set the number of reviewers) one time and the score can be propagated across multiple scholarships. This is an efficient use of the reviewers time and keeps the time commitment manageable.
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Return on Investment

  • Increase in new scholarship fund holders
  • Streamlined qualification of applications
  • Faster processing of awards
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  • We don't apply for many grants, however; we use look for resources to direct nonprofit when looking for additional funding outside of our funding process.
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Pricing Details

AcademicWorks

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details